Laboratory schools are unique and began as a concept in experimental
education around the turn of the twentieth century. John Dewey, a philosopher,
psychologist and educational reformer, started the first laboratory school in
conjunction with the University of Chicago. Lab schools can include various
grade levels, but all have a connection to a college or university.
UNI's lab school experience also began in the late 1800s with the model
school idea. Central Hall housed the classroom originally. By 1914, Sabin Hall
was the location for the lab school. In 1950, construction began on the building
we now know as Malcolm Price Laboratory School, named after President Malcolm Price who
was instrumental in planning the building. The building was completed in 1957,
and has been fulfilling its roles of educating elementary through high school
students, and providing a real-world experience for university education
students. The photos in this collection show the extraordinary range of these
For more information about Malcolm Price Lab School see the essay of the
Special Collections and University Archives unit.